Tag Archive: wrongly convicted

Jun 16

Vietnam Revising Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Law

Huynh Van Nen in Dec 2015 after his release from 17-1/2 years wrongful imprisonment. (Tuoi Tre)

Vietnam is considering revisions to its 2009 Law on State Compensation Liability. The law, which took effect in 2010, provides for the payment of compensation to a person who had been imprisoned as the result of a wrongful conviction. Prior to the 2009 law compensation was on an ad hoc basis. Among the proposed changes …

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Jun 01

China Paid Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation To 10,881 People In 2014 & 2015

Mr. Huugjilt (Huugjilt family photo)

In 2014 and 2015 China paid compensation to 10,881 people who had been wrongly imprisoned. The largest payment was $322,000 to the family of Mr. Huugjilt, who was 18 when executed in 1996 after being wrongly convicted of raping and murdering a woman. Huugjilt’s posthumous acquittal on December 15, 2014 after a retrial was based …

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May 29

23 Appointees For Calif. Judgeships Include Corporate Lawyers And Prosecutors

California Governor Jerry Brown (State of Calif.)

California Governor Jerry Brown appointed 23 Superior Court judges on May 22, 2017. Nineteen of the 23 were working for a government related agency at the time of their appointment. Of the four who weren’t, three worked for corporate law firms that could be expected to have political connections. One was a sole practitioner in …

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May 27

8,540 Cases Now In Innocents Database

The Innocents Database now includes 8,540 cases: 5,430 from the U.S., and 3,010 from 117 other countries. The database includes 4,603 U.S. cases from 2017 to 1989, when the first DNA exoneration occurred. The Innocents Database is the world’s largest database of exonerated persons, and it includes all identifiable exonerations in the United States, as …

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May 21

Justice Denied Issue 67 Is Now Online

Justice Denied Issue 67

Issue 67 of Justice Denied: the magazine for the wrongly convicted is available online. Issue 67 includes the following articles: 21,587 People Exonerated In Massachusetts Due To Fraudulent Crime Lab Testing Annie Dookhan’s Eight Year Rampage Of Faking Scientific Evidence Was Aided By The Legal System Innocents Database Was Started 20 Years Ago, On February …

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May 17

Judge William Kephart Is Charged With Publicly Interfering In Kirstin Lobato Case

Las Vegas Tribune’s front page for May 17, 2017 issue.

“Judge William Kephart Is Charged With Publicly Interfering In Kirstin Lobato Case,” is the lead news story on the front page of the Las Vegas Tribune’s May 17, 2017 issue. The news story details that five misconduct charges have been filed against Clark County District Court Judge William Kephart by the Nevada Commission on Judicial …

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May 01

62% Of Criminal Appeals In Vanuatu Result In Ruling For Defendant

Court of Appeal of Vanuatu

Sixty-two percent of all criminal appeals in Vanuatu from 1997 to 2016 resulted in a ruling favorable to the defendant by the Court of Appeal. Vanuatu is a Pacific island nation, about 1,100 miles northeast of Australia. It has a population of less than 300,000 on its 82 islands. Vanuatu was a co-British/French colony known …

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Apr 27

Edin Mehic’s Public Belching Conviction Overturned On Appeal

Edin Mehic’s public indecency conviction for belching in Vienna’s Prater Park was overturned on April 18, 2017. Mehic, 27, was living in Vienna, Austria and working as a bartender, when he took a walk in Prater Park on Sunday, February 7, 2016. He bought a Turkish Kebabkette (kebab) from a vendor and had it prepared …

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Apr 10

Thenjiwe Griffiths Acquitted Of ‘Black Widow’ Carjacking Murder Of Her Husband

Thenjiwe Griffiths, with her attorney Narain Naidoo, outside the Westville Prison after her release on April 6, 2017. (Supplied)

On April 6, 2017 Thenjiwe Griffiths was acquitted of the 2006 murder of her husband Allan. The Pietermaritzburg High Court in South Africa ruled the prosecution’s evidence didn’t support her conviction of being involved in his murder during a carjacking. Thenjiwe was 24 when she married Allan Griffiths in April 2005. She was 35 years …

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Apr 07

University Student’s Sexual Misconduct Guilty Finding Based On Hearsay Tossed

SUNY Potsdam President Kristin Esterberg, who increased Benjamin Haug's punishment for daring to assert his innocence. (www.potsdam.edu)

On April 6, 2017 Benjamin Haug’s sexual misconduct guilty finding and expulsion from the State University of New York at Potsdam was overturned on appeal. The appeals court ruled Haug’s guilt is not supported by substantial evidence. Haug was a freshman at SUNY Potsdam when in the early morning hours of September 7, 2014 he …

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